Meet the PSA's Early Career Network Committee

We are delighted to announce that a new Early Career Network Committee has been elected to serve in 2016. Details of the new committee are below.  The ECN committee can be contacted by e-mailing


James Weinberg - Chair

James is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield and a research Associate at the Sir Bernard Crick Centre. His research interests span the personality of politicians and the psychology of democracy to the content and process of citizenship education in schools. Previously he was a secondary school teacher in London and an ambassador in Brazil for a British Council initiative. James was also elected undergraduate President of his Oxford College. 

Jessica Smith - Communications Officer
Jessica is a first year, ESRC funded, PhD student at Birkbeck College undertaking research on gender and political leadership. She completed her undergraduate degree at Bristol University and graduated in 2012.  She then worked in political communications for several years.  Jessica chose to return to academia because she missed the intellectual challenging environment, working on my own research and undertaking longer term projects.  


Neema Begum - Treasurer

Neema began her PhD in Politics at the University of Bristol in September 2015 in Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) political participation and minority responses to UKIP, with a view to addressing the low levels of registration and turnout among ethnic minority voters. She has a strong commitment to the values that the PSA stands for including promoting equality and diversity in the practice, study and teaching of politics. Coming from an ethnic minority background, she feels she has a deep understanding of the particular challenges that BAME postgraduates face, as such she is committed to diversifying and increasing BAME engagement with the study of Political Science.

Joe Greenwood - Secretary 

Joe is under examination for a PhD in Government at the University of Essex, where his research focused on how structural and perceived privilege impact on political participation in the United Kingdom. He also has wider research interests in political behaviour and psychology, inequality and privilege, and mixed methods. He now works as a Political Data Analyst at YouGov and before that, returned to academia from roles relating to student political participation and campaigning.